Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Breinig Selected for Shrine Bowl

Cameron Breinig
Congratulation to Mount Michael's #68 Cameron Breinig for being selected to play for the North Team in the Nebraska Shrine Bowl on June 3 at the University of Nebraska Kearney. Cameron was a 6'3" 285 Lineman for the Knights.  Cameron will play for the University of Nebraska Kearney next fall where he received an athletic scholarship.

Cameron attended Saint Patrick's grade school in Elkhorn and  is the son of Patrick and Denise Breinig of Omaha.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Knight Writers 4th @ State

Mount Michael's Journalism Team came in 4th out of 24 teams in Class B at the State Tournament held in Norfolk.

16 of Mount Michel's 19 journalism team members qualified for the state competition.


Group Entries: 
5th Yearbook Theme Development - Nash Kelly Nick Orr, Michael Ecker.
3rd In-depth News Coverage - Nick Orr, Joey Recker
4th In-depth News Coverage - Andrew Ahn, Miles Hock, Hudson Hohman, Joey Recker, Ben Bies.

Individual Medals:
1st Nick Orr - News Writing
2nd Ben Murray - Entertainment Writing
2nd Jack Avilla - News Writing
3rd Dan Jewell - Sports News Writing
4th Dan Jewell - Headline Writing
4th Kyeongmin Kim - Editorial Cartooning
5th Homer Xu - Photo Illustration
6th Homer Xu - News/Feature Photography

Congratulations Knights!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Academic Decathlon & Robotics Wrap-up Seasons

Last week Mount Michael's Academic Decathlon and Robotics teams competed at their national and international tournaments in Madison, Wisconsin and Louisville, Kentucky with great results.

Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon team finished in 3rd place in the small (< 650) school division and 2nd in the Quiz Bowl.  They also earned 14 individual medals.  The team also received the Rookie of the Year award for the highest team score among teams who where first time attendees at the event.

Individual Medalists:
Henry O’Callaghan: 3rd Literature, 3rd Science, Most Valuable Team Member, Team High Score
Gerald Righter: 2nd Social Science
Broden Kaps: 1st Speech, 3rd Essay, 3rd Math

Jackie Kure: 3rd Math, 3rd Interview, 3rd Speech
Donovan Clements:  3rd Literature

Kevin Arul: 1st Math, 3rd Art

Luka Mixan: 2nd Economics, 3rd Interview


The Robotics Team went 10-0 in the qualification matches and finished first place in their division!  They were one of just seven (out of 564 teams worldwide) to go undefeated through the qualification matches.  As one of the top eight teams, Mount Michael and their alliance partners advanced to the elimination matches and were not beaten until quarterfinals.

Congratulations Knights on your great seasons!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Alum Named 30 under 30 Asia by Forbes

Tony Gao '13
Cofounder, Easy Transfer
Tony Gao co-founded Easy Transfer in 2013. The Beijing-based startup helps China's outbound students pay their tuition fees more quickly and at cheaper foreign exchange rates. It is also branching into student services such as home rentals and used car sales. Gao, a graduate of the University of Southern California, started Easy Transfer in his undergraduate years after seeing that tuition transfers from China could take several days and incur thousands of dollars in bank service fees. Easy Transfer partners directly with Chinese and American banks, bypassing the complex network of international payments.

Forbes Website Article

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Concert

The Mount Michael Choir and Band recently presented "Sounds of Spring" to the Mount Michael Community.

Download a compressed mp3 music file via your Sycamore account in the News Section. 

The choir sang Rest Not!, Music's Echo and Stand by Me

Choir Members: 

Tenors: Cole McNally, Joshua Snyder, Nicholas Snyder, Blake Worsham.

Basses: Jack Blaser, Skyler Davis, Jean-Marie Djidjoho, Kyeongmin Kim, Trenton Sedlacek, and  Jimmy Severa.

The Band played Blues in Hoss' Flat featuring trumpet soloist Jacob Gathje '20 on trumpet, Imagine, and It's Only a Paper Moon featuring soloists Trevin Detwiler '19 on trombone and Dylan Herrmann '17 on trumpet. 

Band Members:

Sax/High Winds:
Armel Mignondje-alto, Addison Cousin-Hardrick-alto, Cole McNally-alto, Levi Kicken-tenor, Broden Kaps-Tenor, Andrew Ahn-baritone, Ian Kim-flute.

Low Brass:
Trevin Detwiler-trombone, Daniel Davies-trombone, Joshua Davies-trombone, Trenton Sedlacek-trombone, Joseph Niemerg-tuba.

Dylan Herrmann, Chad Duerfeldt, Jacob Gathje, Chaemin Lee, Donovan Kaelin.

Jack Blaser-bass guitar, Kyeongmin Kim-vibes, Max Swiniarski-trap, Ian Price-piano

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Triduum at Mount Michael

The Triduum celebration at Mount Michael began on Holy Thursday in the Monastery with a very nice dinner of steak or salmon served by Abbot Michael. Afterwards the community gather in the chapel for the Eucharist and washing of feet.

At 3:00pm on Good Friday the community gathered for the adoration of the Cross and  communion.

The Easter Vigil included the reception into the Catholic faith of Ashley Stinebaugh wife of alum Brian Stinebaugh '05. Along with Ashley the sacrament of Confirmation was conferred on students Colin Lakeman '18, Sebastian Allegrett '18, and Ian Miller '20.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Robotics Team Places 3rd at U.S. Open National Robotics Tournament.

Left to Rights: Dr. David Peters, Nolan Gottsch, Nick Huetter, Reilly Jackson, Nolan Huetter, Lukas Williams, Drew Goddard, Coach Michael Williams

Congratulations to the Mount Michael Robotics team, Knight Shift 1970K.  At this year's CREATE U.S. Open National Robotics Tournament, April 6-8, with 175 high school teams from the U.S., Canada, and as far as China, the team placed third in the national event.  Next stop is the VEX Worlds Robotics Tournament in Louisville, KY later this month.  Go Knights!

National Honor Society Induction 2017

Mount Michael's Edward Malone chapter of the National Honor Society has added 35 new members.

Nick Carson, Jean-Marie Djidjoho, Jack Straka, Dustin Hartwell, Jacob Idra, Thomas Janecek, Hanool Kim, Armel Mignondje, Ross Nicholas, Nolan Reynolds, Nicholas Snyder, Matthew Thiele, Temi Adeyemo, Jacob Benes, Caleb Burbach, Andrew Carleton, Jarrett Cline, Daniel Davies, Sebastian deMayo, Trevin Detwiler, Sam Eberle, Sebastian Esquivel, Patrick Fayad, J.P. Jensen, Cole Kalkowski, Levi Kicken, Carson Leahy, Colin Mallisee, Quinton Mohr, Quan Nguyen, Sam Peters, Gerald Righter, Andrew Shellberg, Nolan Zeger, Bokai Zhang  

Monday, April 10, 2017

Le Cirque Du Mont Michel

Ringmater: J.P. Jensen

Agape Brothers: Jacob Benes & Taylor Davis

JJET: Jack Blaser, Joey Recker, Ed Wilberding, Trevin Detwiler

Jazz Band:

  • Winds: Ian Kim, Armel Mignondje, Addison Cousin-Hardrick, Levi Kicken, Broden Kaps, Andrew Ahn.
  • High Brass/Winds: Dylan Herrmann, Chad Duerfeldt, Jacob Gathje, Chaemin Lee, Donovan Kaelin
  • Low Brass: Trevin Detwiler, Daniel Davies, Josh Davies.
  • Rhythm: Jack Blaser, Kyeongmin Kim, Max Swiniarski
  • Director: Noelle Kunkel
Directed and Produced by Br. Roger Mangels, OSB

Sunday, April 9, 2017

S.A.M.E Competition

The 23rd annual Society of American Military Engineers Competition was held at the Walter Scott Conference Center at the University of Nebraska Omaha.  There were 20 area high school teams involved this year.  Mount Michael sent both a senior and junior team.

The Senior team's project was to design an enclosed pedestrian walkway that would connect the original school building to the new D J Sokol Learning Center.  The Senior Team won 3 gold and 2 silver metals giving them an Award of Distinction.  This Award includes a $500. check from a sponsoring engineering firm to be used in the Drafting Program.  The Senior Team was Dylan Herrmann, Sam Clements, Nathan Carpenter, Peyton Hottovy, Jack Straka, Joe Coldiron and Ian Price.

The Junior Team project was to renovate Camp Mount Michael by moving it out of the school building and centering it around the pond in the northeast corner of campus.  The Junior Team was made up of Colin Lakeman, Riley Kruse, Thomas Janecek, Lucas Rief, Will Fleissner, Nolan Gottsch, Luke Van Haute, John Hudson, Grant Pavlik, Nolan Huetter and Jeff Kim.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Head Football Coach

Coach Greg Wunderlich
Mount Michael has hired Greg Wunderlich as the new head football coach. Coach Wunderlich currently teaches physical education at Upchurch Elementary in the Millard Public Schools. He coached Legion Baseball at Millard West in 2014 and 2015, and he coached Freshmen Basketball at Mount Michael for the past two seasons.

Coach Wunderlich was born and raised in Naperville, IL, where he played football, basketball and track at Naperville North High School. He was a two time First Team All-State Quarterback in Illinois Class 8A. He then continued his football career at University of Nebraska at Omaha as quarterback under Coach Pat Behrns. He was teammates with current NFL players Zach Miller (Chicago Bears tight end) and Greg Zuerlein (Los Angeles Rams kicker). Wunderlich broke several single season records at UNO in 2009 including yards in a season, completions in a season, completions in a single game and completion percentage in a season. He graduated from UNO with a Bachelor of Science in Education with the endorsement area of Physical Education K-12. He also coached as an offensive assistant working with quarterbacks in 2010 at UNO under Coach Behrns. “Greg brings a lot of experience, heart and enthusiasm to the head football coach position here at Mount Michael Benedictine School,” said Dr. David J. Peters, Ed.D. “We are excited about what he has to offer and the direction in which he is going to take the Knights!”

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Physics & Chemistry Field Day Results

Physics Team Takes 1st at Creighton University Physics Field Day
Pictured are Sung Ha Park, Sebastian Winters, Jackie Kure, Abbot Michael, Junho Ho, Armel Mignondje, John Kuhry, Lucas Williams, Jihwan Shin, Nolan Huetter, Nick Huettter, Eric Zhang, Ian Kim, Kyeong Min Kim, Mr Michael Williams.

Chemistry Team Results: 
Team Nihonium Photo by Nguyen/Kalkowski

  • Advanced Team Americium-Am: 3rd Place, 
    • Alex Earsley, Ian Price, Matthew Winters, Jeff Kim
  • Primary Team Nihonium-Nh: Wins Balancing Chemical Equations
    •  Kevin Zhang, Max Nguyen, Daniel Davies, Cole Kalkowski
Other Teams participating for Mount Michael:

Advanced Team Iridium-Ir : Oscar Dong, Alvin Ming Hint, Leo Li, Jack Sun Matthew Thiele
Primary Team Technetium-Te: Trevin Detwiler, andrew Shellberg, Chaemin Lee, Zan Li
Primary Team Seaborgium-Sg: JP Jensen, Levi Kicken, Skyler Davis, Allen Cheg
Primary Team Californium-Cf: Shin Fujita, Norman Tran, Riley Goddard, Andrew Wilson.

Photo by Nguyen/Kalkowski

Monday, April 3, 2017

13 Knight Writers Qualify for State

On Monday April 24th, fourteen members of the Mount Michael Journalism Team will complete in the Nebraska School Activities Association state journalism tournament to be held in Norfolk.

They qualified in the following categories:
Miles Hock-Column Writing
Brian Schneider-Column Writing
Kevin Arul-Graphic Illustration
Andrew Ahn-Sports News Coverage, Indepth
Homer Xu-Photo Illustration, News/Feature Photography
Nash Kelly-Theme Development, Yearbook
Michael Ecker- Theme Development, Yearbook
Joey Recker-Entertainment Writing, Feature Writing, Indepth
Nick Orr-News Writing, Theme Development, Indepth
Ben Bies-Indepth
Hudson Hohman-Column Writinng, Indepth
Andrew Nigro-News Writing
Dan Jewell-Headline Writing, Sports News Coverage
Jack Avilla-News Writing

View Preliminary Entries from all schools

Good Luck Knights!